In my never-ending search for high-paying writing sites, I ran into SEED.com and thought I'd share some information about it with you. SEED could turn out to be a good money-maker for the right writers and you never know the outcome until you try.
What is SEED?
SEED is a writing site that is owned by AOL and was launched in late 2009. Much like Demand Studios, SEED requests articles for the many websites owned by AOL. But, unlike DS, SEED pays up to $300 an article, with the majority of articles in the $30 to $50 range. Now, don't go clicking over to SEED yet until you've read the rest of this review.
It is easy to join SEED and start writing for them. Simply set up an account with your name, address, and log-in information and you are set to go. You do not have to apply or wait to be accepted. Anyone can join and anyone can claim titles and begin writing.
How Does SEED Work?
With SEED you join, look through a list of article titles available, choose titles and then write the article and submit it by the due date. It will generally take 5 days after the due date to find out if your article has been accepted or not. If your article is accepted, the amount SEED owes you will appear in your Dashboard. You can request to be paid at any time and you will generally be paid within a week of your request.
SEED expects you to write high-quality articles which use quotes or information from experts. Some of the requested articles can be drawn from your life experience. SEED looks for interesting, informative subject matter, perfect grammar and a unique writing style. These articles will be used for high-profile AOL websites and should look like they belong there. SEED also has their own extensive photo gallery where you can choose a photo to go along with your article.
What is the Downside of Writing for SEED
The downside of writing for SEED is that many writers can pick the same title request and submit an article and the editors choose the article they like best from this pool of submissions. In some instances, they may choose more than one. So, this lowers the odds of your article being chosen. But, if you are a good writer and your article is chosen, you earn enough money to make it worth writing the article.
SEED doesn't offer as many titles as Demand Studios does, so the list is rather short. But some of their titles are interesting and can be easily used elsewhere if the article is rejected.
If your article is chosen it is a great opportunity to be featured on one of the high-profile AOL websites. If your article isn't accepted, you still own the rights to the article and can publish it on another site. Either way, you win.
My Take on SEED
I did join SEED and submitted two articles. One article has already been rejected (in a very nice e-mail that encouraged me to continue submitting - although this may be what they tell every writer) and the other one is waiting for review. I have already turned the first article into an eHow article, so it was not a waste of my time even if it was rejected. I think I will continue to try submitting articles that interest me at SEED just to see if I can actually sell one to them.
I think this site is worth looking at if you are looking for a new place to write articles for. If nothing else, it will give you new articles to submit to your favorite residual sites, or Constant-Content, if they are not used by AOL.
Would love to hear from anyone who has written for SEED or who tries it.